Black Dog Gallery

Ramen pizza with char-siu pork and tonkatsu sauce. Aussie breakfast with a side of miso soup. Pancakes with lemon curd and sake-soaked apricots. This is the kind of fusion you can expect at Black Dog Gallery.

Owner and chef Jun Abe spent a decade working in multicultural kitchens, absorbing flavours and techniques from his colleagues. He was born in Japan, but feels more Australian than anything – a fact reflected in the menu. That said, one of its strongest points is a fully customisable ramen section, where you can choose your soup and selected toppings.

Abe is also an obsessive coffee drinker who loves to share his knowledge with customers. In addition to espresso – brewed using his much-loved La Marzocco machine with Amanti beans – there are batch brew and cold-drip options.

The space is small and modern with a large window facing onto the bustling Greenville Road. Wooden tables on bright turquoise legs line the room, but decor is kept minimal to highlight the true centrepiece: Abe’s coffee machine, naturally.